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Tips and Tricks For Growing Long, Strong and Healthy Hair

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Too many times when people think about growing long and strong hair they think of it as too hard to maintain and end up just whacking it off. Well, the truth is it's not really hard to maintain at all. And if you read my articles you'll know that my own hair measure around 4 1/2 feet in length and I know what I'm talking about.

Of course it's definitely not maintenance free but if you use the right tips, you can have long, strong and healthy locks before you know it! (And with minimal effort).

This is an update to the other articles that I have written with a little more information since there seemed to be some who wanted some further tips...

Click to read my article, "How To Grow Long Luscious Hair" which is the first article of these two parts and it covers the basics for growing long hair. It covers the nutritional supplement facts, and basic long hair care tips.

My sister, who also has extremely long hair, has written an article with pictures telling of her long hair journey. Please check it out here!

A Few More Tips...

  • Never use elastic bands to secure hair unless they have fabric covering them.
  • Stay away from heat styling products and avoid washing hair in too hot of water. (Lukewarm with a cool rinse is best).
  • Avoid chemical products and permanents. Perms may look nice but always have negative effects on the health of our hair. ( Not only is there "permanent" waves, there may permanent damage). For healthier and effective ways to wave hair without the harmful side effects, please see my article on How to Wave Hair.
  • Deep condition (using one of the ideas below) at least twice per month.

DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENTS

NOTE: Always apply treatments to clean, freshly washed hair.

Hair Care from Amazon

HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE AND EGG TREATMENT

You will need...

  • Twice as much real mayonnaise as what you normally would use of conditioner for regular conditioning.
  • One to three eggs depending on current hair length. (One for shoulder length, two for waist length and three for longer).
  • Thermal shower cap
  • Blow dryer or hot towels

Blend together and apply mixture to hair. (Room temperature to slightly warm is best for absorption). Wind hair on top of head and cover with a thermal shower cap. Blast lightly with a blow dryer a few times or cover with hot towels. The heat will help the conditioner to absorb better. (Don't use excessive heat). Leave on for about one hour and rinse with cool water. Use a mild two-in-one shampoo to remove excess residue continuing to use cool water. The cool will help to seal back the hair which will lock in softness and shine.

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MAYONNAISE AND AVOCADO TREATMENT

This treatment is much like the previous treatment. You will follow the same steps except for using avocado in the place of the egg.

Use 1/2 avocado for shoulder length, 1 whole avocado for waist length and 1 1/2 to 2 avocados for longer hair.

NOTE: Both of these treatments may be enhanced by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive or coconut oil to the mixture but may be slightly harder to wash out. Also, a few drops of aromatic oils may be added to help the smell and to make it a more relaxing process. Ones to try: Peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, or lavender oil.

NOTE: You may also use a mixture of warm coconut and olive oils for hot oil treatments and split end treatments. Remember, if you microwave the oils to warm them do so for only a few seconds and be very careful as you could easily be burned.

~Always let hair air dry naturally and do not brush when wet.

Photo Copyright: Carisa Gourley

Photo Copyright: Carisa Gourley

If you do not wish to use one of the above treatments you can still deep condition using your regular hair conditioner.

Just use twice as much conditioner as you normally would and use the heat method with the thermal shower cap and leave on for an hour. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Comments

Maggalynn Grace from Michigan on February 25, 2016:

Good tips! I really like the idea of enhancing the conditioner with olive and/or coconut oil, very beneficial to hair health.

santhov on February 25, 2016:

This article is more effective than textbooks. fo r keep a healthy haira

Thanks a lot.

Rayne123 on December 26, 2014:

thank you

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on February 24, 2014:

Paula Lala, it all depends on what condition your hair is in. People with normal hair should see results after the very first treatment, others with more damaged hair could take up to a month of weekly treatments before smoother hair is noticeable.

Paula Lala on January 31, 2014:

Hi! I found this article very informal, however, how many times a week/month should I be doing this? Also, how long does it take before I see results?

Anna on January 18, 2014:

Hey my hair is to my shoulders and I want it to grow at to my back can someone get me some tips to help my hair grow faster Thank you

curlene on January 05, 2014:

Just yesterday I use the egg and olive oil on my hair quash it out and dried it,how long would this grow in a week.

And if I use two eggs my hair would get even longer to the waste.

And how long should I be expecting results

DHRUTHI on October 17, 2012:

HELLO. I Have curly hair but since many days am having lot of hair fall. i will apply hair oil daily.. bur also i have hair loss. plz mam suggest some tips...

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on September 19, 2012:

Divya, try taking the herbal supplement, "horsetail" and drinking plain gelatin water or a using a gelatin supplement. Use along with a good multivitamin/mineral supplement. It has done wonders for many people who may be lacking vital nutrients to hair growth.

Divya on September 18, 2012:

my hair is look like curl,but it wont become long and strong,i washing my hair daily in normal water,and after reached home i ll massage it in oil,but i don't know what will do,please mam,give some useful tips for me...........

simran on September 09, 2012:

hey i'll also try it .........thanx...

zk ch on September 01, 2012:

hi wana ask that can we use simple myonise for egg nd myonise tretment or it z mst to use hair myonise??? plz tell me

GEETANJALI on August 29, 2012:

MY HAIR VERY CURL. BUT NOT GROWTH IN MY HAIR. MY HAIR IS SO RUFF . PLEAS TELL ME WHAT CAN I DO THAT MY HAIR BECOME SO LONG AND SILKY

aisha almonte on August 25, 2012:

Hi...im aisha,can i ask something....my hair is long and dry...and full of splits ends...now i put a honey and olive oil for against dryness...what do you think the honey is ok for dryness hair or no?...thank you;-)

Hemlata @ indiamarks.com on August 09, 2012:

After reading your article, I got a good way to make my hair grow as fast as possible.

Glenna on July 13, 2012:

Hi! I just wanna know whether does these tips works for girls who are losing hair quite quickly? I'm 16 and I've seen a significant amount of hair loss and my hair used to be really thick and now it's quite thin T_T would I be bald soon? Or is there another way for me to get my thick hair back? I know one person drops 100 strands per day but I think I drop more than that.

Margo on July 09, 2012:

Hi! I was curious as to whether it is better to apply this avacado mask to wet hair, as opposed to dry hair as you showed in the video? Does it make a difference, or is it better to apply it to dry hair? It looks like fun anyway so I`m gonna go right out and try it! Thanks a bunch for posting this!

Mani k. on June 20, 2012:

Thanks for the video! I'm going to try this conditioner right away.

ur frnd on June 12, 2012:

don't wash ur hairs in hot water

maria on June 05, 2012:

your tips i cant say its too bad

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on May 02, 2012:

@ Fairytale: First of all, if your hair wasn't so dry it probably wouldn't be that frizzy. So the first things first you'll want to make sure you get that moisture locked in! Use heavy conditioning and leave it in for hours if you can. You may even try using straight hot coconut or olive oil treatments. (Make sure your hair is clean and damp). When you wash out the oil, use a mild shampoo even if you need to wash it a couple of times to remove the oil. If your hair is really dry, washing once should be sufficient because your hair will drink up the excess oil. It's ok if you need to apply a little mousse to tame it until your hair gets healthier, just make sure you wash it more often. Same with the hairspray, if you have to use a little to tame it go ahead but wash it often. The main thing to remember is to stay away from the heat at all costs, condition heavy after every wash and your hair will be more manageable soon!

kashaf..... on May 02, 2012:

um so worried about ma hairs after typhoid ma hairs r falling badly plx gimme solution for dis prob ma hair was so thick b4 typhoid i want ma thick hairs back plx plx plx help me out.....

Fairytale123 on May 01, 2012:

Ok so I'm totally going to try this... But if I TRY not to use heat such as flat iron or curler how do I get my hair to be suitable to go out in public with? I don't want to wear a pony tale. Oh n one more question if I TRY not to use hairspray or gel what can I use for the little hairs that get out of control. My hair is dry, frizzy and horrid!! Lol so what are your suggestions?

jazzz on April 26, 2012:

hey so threatmeant does make the one of mayo nd avacado how long does it grow reply back plz

mahira on March 30, 2012:

my hairs r nt longing i have tried every thing on it....so worried

anisha on March 24, 2012:

how to aviod hair fall

mikala on March 10, 2012:

hey! my hair has always grown slow! and it becomes very dry some times but then oily other times!

i was just curious if there is any other ways of deep conditioning your hair natural ways (as i am alergic to avocado) and will have a reaction if i put it on myself. do you know of any other ways? thanks :)

Terri on February 21, 2012:

THANK YOU LOADS FOR EXCELLENT INFORMATION. I WILL SURELY FOLLOW THREW ON SOME OF YOUR GREAT TIPS. I LOVE LONG HEALTHY HAIR SO IT SHOULD BE FUN TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. THANKS AGAIN. :)

happyness on February 12, 2012:

Oh thax sooo much

Chrissy on February 08, 2012:

Dear,BlessMommy

im glad for your post but i got a good case for u to see if u can give me some tip lol.....one i striaghten my hair even othr day one becuz my hair is oily and to have it look not to greasy for work i have to. i use a heat protectant, also im a new beautician so im stil going to color my hair but only with a 10 vol so its mostly putting coor on and hopefully less damage becuz its not having to open the cuticle. i have started using its a 10 leave in with keratin to help rebuild my hair and all the other awesum stuff it does, also im trying to take prenatal vitman(i have a poor diet tho hasn't seen to bother my hair too much i don't like many veggies) umm hmm anything else i should say.....i don't blowdry i go to bed with it wet and straighten it in the morning, i got some jojba oil from sallys to do a hot oil treatment how much should i do that....any advice is nice...hair is maybe a foot from my neck or nape if u will

Thanks ChRiSsY

clgil777 on February 05, 2012:

thanks so much for the tips & the video. looking forward to stronger & shinier hair.

TeenMom17 on February 01, 2012:

hey, I just wanted to say thanks for the treatment ideas. I have natural really curly jet black hair and its pretty long. its about 1 inch above my knees. the ends had been a little dry and it was kind of dull, and i used these treatments and it made it nice and shiny. i love it! thanks so much :)

Wendy on January 21, 2012:

My hair is damaged from chlorinated pools. It is also colored. Will these remedies work for me? I have been thinking about cutting it all off. But if there's hope to fix it I want to very badly. It's curly, so not combing it would be a disaster. (No?) It would get matted, tangled and eventually have to be cut-out. I live in vegas and swimming is important to me in the hot summer. I've tried swimcaps but they're hard to keep all the hair in. What would you suggest?

Thanks so much :)

shalini sharma on January 20, 2012:

hiiiiiiii frndssssssssss!please help me out,my hair is just curse for me,i am 17 yrs girl and my hair is short very thin,rough,wavy,dry every onw who saw my hair always say that how bad ur hair i'm too much upset actually my fair well coming soon so plz help me out and give good tips for atleast my hair become silky and long.plzzzzzz help me as soon as possible!

Zoya on January 19, 2012:

Tell me plz how years use dove conditional and cost

Monica on January 06, 2012:

My hair is bleached and damaged and broken will dying it dark help it grow?

Liz on December 11, 2011:

Hello im a 29 year old mother of 5 and in the nursing field. I don't have the time to always style my hair so its always pulled back in a ponytail, and because it is so thick, and about half way down my back its heavy! So my breakage is at the half way point. What are your ideas on a better way to pull it up or back?? My hair is wavy so frizz is a problem, so what are your thoughts about using leave in conditioning treatments??

megan on November 29, 2011:

your hair looks amaaazing !

Dianne on November 28, 2011:

Thank you very much for the information!!!

God Bless you all!! :)

CreativeBlair on November 21, 2011:

I Wear Sew-Ins All The Times My Hair Is About 7/8 Inches I Wear My Hair Out 3 Days Every 2 Mo.& Get Trimmed Every 2 Months So I'm Going To Start Using The Mayo&Egg Treament With Coconut Oil But I Want To Know If That's Enough To Make My Hair Healthy And Grow Or Should I Wear My Hair Out More Often?That's A Treatment Every 2 Months

Raini on November 17, 2011:

Im am in the process of trying to grow my hair out. And my biggest problem i have to say is breakage. What should i do to keep it from breaking off.? And also i need tips for healthy hair growth. Please and thank you.

anjie on November 11, 2011:

I dyed my hair a month before I put a perm in like I normally do. But this time my hair burnt off. Not all of it just the died stuff. My hair was in the middle of my back and now its shoulder length. But my hair color is changing all tones of red brown and blonde. And u want to dye it. Can i? It's been over 2 months since I permed my hair. It has grown since then and its full again. I keep with the deep condition treatments, but I want to dye it. What should I do?

sonia on November 08, 2011:

hi!First i used to have thick and long but now my hair are thin i will try your tips i hope it works.

natasha on October 28, 2011:

All you need is patience

lily on October 21, 2011:

hi, i'm 15 and i'm deadly inlove with long healthy hair but my hair is just below my shoulders. my friends say that my hair has gotten longer recently but i don't see it- and it also feels thinner. i wash my hair every two days in the mornings before school and dry it with a hairdryer on hot :/ then if it's got major kinks i will straighten them but i rarely use the straighteners because i know i'm damaging my hair enough with the hair dryer. how often are you supposed to wash your hair normal? without the egg and mayo tricks, just shampoo and conditioner? i heard that you should shower everyday but washing your hair too often takes away all it's natural coloring doesn't it? also the right side of my hair (just a little part, upto my ear) is shaved and when it first started growing it was growing fast and quite thick. this time it's growing much slower and thinner. i don't want to grow it out properly yet but i thought it was weird that it had thinned. sorry for the massive paragraph :|

curlylady on October 20, 2011:

ladies silk wrap for ur hair everynighttt or if u like to go out with headties also make sure its silk. if you do not not like tying up your hair at night buy a silk pillow case ..silk! silk ! silk!

Marie on October 17, 2011:

Hi, I really need your help and i would be more than happy if you could help me out. im 18 and i used to have very long curly hair down my back. One summer i decided to dye it black and i hated it as my hair was natrually light brown with golden highlights.. my hair was so damaged from the black dye as i did it myself at home that the hairdressers had cut my hair for the first time up to my shoulders and dyed it brown. Over the last 2 years i have continously dyed it and straighten it and my hair has been so damaged. On saturday i decided to get blonde highlights ( i find when im depressed the most i decide to change my colour thinking it may cheer me up) the blonde highlights have came out horribly and a yellow look to it. She had cut my hair to my shoulders again as she said it was very damaged. I hate the highlights and i just want to go back to my own brown colour now. I have arranged an appointment with her tomorrow in hope she can dye my hair back to brown and i am hoping this will be the last time i ever touch my hair. I want to grow it healthy now and without any dye's , sadly i always have this urge when im depressed or down to change my hair thinking it will help me. My question is i have dyed/stripped/highlighted my hair so much during these 2 years and now im about to get rid of the YELLOW looking highlights tomorrow to go back to natural colour, i would be more than grateful if you could please please provide me with information on looking after my hair , also im a vegetarian and i do not eat fish so i am aware of the fact im lacking in so many proteins and vitamins and etc.. I really need your help.. Thankyou so much

jenniferdigregorio on October 10, 2011:

iwish ican grow my hair back itis up to my shoulder.

hairyhands on September 27, 2011:

Sorry to post such a huge comment… just want to add more advice to readers

Ck on September 15, 2011:

Thanks so much for all the wonderful advice i will be trying one of the treatments this week. My hair is really damaged in the middle and short all around and wanted to know if u knew anything about Natures Bounty Hair,Nails,Skin Vitamins for hair growth.Thanking you in advance

Pixies on September 06, 2011:

Hi, you did a very great job on tutorials. I'll be sure to try these treatments in the future! But, I have hair that is up to my mid-back and I trim it every month. I want it to get and it just doesn't grow and whenever I brush my hair or shower, hair falls out. I don't know why. It falls alot. Not just 2 or 3 strands. A lot! I'm really worried. I've tried everything for the past 2 years, nothing works. Please help!!!

Babs on September 05, 2011:

Stardust: Go to Amazon and get some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and give yourself hot oil treatments twice a week. Get Emu oil for your scalp and ends. Having Celiac Disease limits you, but you can still have olives!

ravina on August 28, 2011:

hey i have a really long hair but i don't know wat 2 do about d hairfall ma mom says that ur hair is goin bcz u live it all d time n m realy worried wat 2 do:-(

Stardust on July 31, 2011:

Hello! I have a problem. I live in Las Vegas so my hair dries out very easily. Also, I have very wavy and slightly curly hair, so it's hard to take care of. I also have Celiac Disease, so I can't eat wheat, gluten, barley, oats, or rye, making it hard to keep my hair shiny. I would keep it short, but I don't look good in short hair. I REALLY need some help. Right now, my hair is at the top of my back, layered, and is dark brown. I also like to go swimming a lot, so that's also may be a problem. Please Help! Thanks!

maryam on July 28, 2011:

Hi blessedmommy,since i was born my hair has never been thick,ever thin and most of my family members have thin hair..Is it true that this is hereditary? OR is there a way i can get thicker hair

kaitlyn on May 25, 2011:

if i have colored my hair and now i want to grow it out again does the color effect the growing process? i really want long hair again how can i make it grow faster?

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on April 25, 2011:

farhati: First of all, before I say what you SHOULD do, let me encourage you what NOT to do. Do NOT GIVE UP and just cut it off! So many people get discouraged when their hair gets completely damaged and the first thing they want to do is just cut it off and start over! This is not the answer! The quality of hair can be miraculously restored with a little time and patience and you will not regret your decision.

Okay, to answer your question, there are a few things to remember. Whatever has caused your hair to get damaged in the first place you MUST DISCONTINUE doing! If too many heat products damaged your hair, then you must find style alternatives to set your hair without heat. If a perm caused it, then try to keep from perming your hair and instead try curling it on rollers, (no heat), multi-braiding for volume or just wearing it straight. Multi-braiding, (putting two or more braids in damp hair and taking out hours later), is the method that I personally use most often when I want waves, and if you opt to use several braids it has a very close-to-perm look when the braids are removed.

Next thing is extremely important, CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION! If hair damage is severe, mix coconut and olive oil in equal parts and completely cover your shampooed or dry hair with the oil, (making the ends of your hair almost dripping) and let it set one to two hours. After hair sets, grab a bottle of dishwashing liquid and use a small amount as a shampoo and wash out the oil. When the excess oil is washed off of your hair then follow with a regular hair conditioner. Style as usual. If your hair is greasy, you didn't wash out oil good enough and should repeat the steps.

You can also apply mayonnaise and eggs the same way as a conditioner or if you want to buy a good store brand then try Mane and Tail, (for horses or humans), or Garnier Fructis conditioners. But remember to leave them on for one to two hours.

Use at least two or three more times conditioner than you use shampoo. So when you're shopping, buy two to three bottles of conditioner for every one bottle of shampoo.

Make sure to limit blow drying but if you have no choice then use the low setting. Do not comb or brush when your hair when it's wet. Do not give up if you don't see the results you're looking for right away. Remember, hair is not usually completely damaged overnight, and it takes time to restore it as well. However, I will not be surprised if you see some dramatic results in the health of your hair in just two weeks by following these conditioning tips two or three times a week, (regular conditioning with every wash), and by using the other tips every time you wash and style your hair.

hair plugs on March 23, 2011:

This is such a very insightful post, all the information you've given are just right on. I agree with you when you said that mayonnaise and avocado could be very idea for hair treatment.

on February 18, 2011:

Aweomse hub, thanks for sharing these great tips with us!

I also heard that olive oil can be used to keep hair looking fresh and healthy - here is the srticle, let me know what you think...http://www.ehairgrowthremedies.com/hair-growth-rem...

mysisters on February 14, 2011:

Great information. I find that my hair grows faster when I am eating a very healthy diet, drinking lots of water and taking fish oil pills.

ally on February 04, 2011:

i want to grow natraul hair very long hair

torii on December 03, 2010:

how often would i have to apply the egg and mayonnaise treatment??

sarah on November 30, 2010:

i ruined my hair 8 years ago from dying and over processing. it started breaking off about 2 inches or so away from the scalp. all the hair on the top half of my head was very short and fried off. it looked terrile. i had to cut a lot off and wear scarves and hats all the time over my head. it took forever for it to get normal looking even. finally 2 years ago i chopped it really super short and it has been growing nicely and is healthy ever since. its past my shoulders. i trim it about twice a year i guess, just whenever i feel like it needs it. i take super good care of it and i started using hask placenta products about a month or 2 ago and it has made a big difference and its super cheap from walmart or wherever. my only problem is my staticy hair in the winter!! drives me crazy. no matter what i use. i do moisture treatments and use moisture products. drink lots of water. almost never use heat or damaging products. anyone know of anything to help this?

i am trying to grow my hair long. it has never been past my boob area. i really hope i can get it long and healthy.

sonika on September 22, 2010:

my problem is hair falling pls,tell us how to settle the problem.

Christina on September 14, 2010:

o thank you thank you! ive been looking for someone who knew what they were doing!!! everything i click on they always say it might work.... thank you so much!!!!!!

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on September 05, 2010:

ray: Do it for about an hour setting once or twice monthly.

ray on September 04, 2010:

hay can u plz tell dat for how many days this mayo treatment should go on?

Scarfgirl on September 02, 2010:

Hii :)i have medium length hair and recently due to religious reasons i have been wearing a head scarf. My hair has gone dry and brittle and now falls a lot easier...any suggestions. i think i will try the mayo and egg deep condition..i hope it works :D i miss my light brown healthy hair it has gone soo much darker and i do not like to dye it.

mariya on August 05, 2010:

but hw do u treat hair loss..my hair used to be very thick n nw its thinning..am so scared,i dno wat to do.my hair just kips on falln off..help plzzzz

Brittany on June 25, 2010:

thanks! but I have noticed a split end or 2 in my hair recently should I just leave it and continue to condition? or ..

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on June 12, 2010:

Brittany...My hair is to the back of my knees and is NOT trimmed! So yes, it will grow if you keep it healthy. Tips for growing and keeping it healthy are above.

brittany on June 10, 2010:

thanks.. soo when should I trim my hair? or should I just not get a trim and follow your tips above? Will my hair just continue to grow without the trim if I just keep my ends healthy and condition it and what not? And what are some good products to help for helping it to grow, and to just keep it nice and healthy?

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on May 09, 2010:

miss licy: How long did you do this? It is not a "quick fix." Taking good care of your hair is an everyday process for the rest of your life...these tips just tell you what to do.

miss licy on May 07, 2010:

it did not work for me

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on April 29, 2010:

brittany: Refrain from trimming in spite of what you've heard. Hair grows from the roots and it sounds like when your hair is just starting to make progress that it's trimmed. As long as you deep condition the ends often split ends won't be a big problem. I NEVER trim mine...just condition well and pin it up at home.

brittany on April 28, 2010:

I've been trying to grow my hair out for a few months now, and I get a trim every 1 1/2 to 2 months. My hair seems to get just above my chest and then when I get my trim it looks about an inch shorter. And this happens everytime, its like a its a cycle and my hair doesn't grow any further than above my chest. But I HARDLY EVER use the blow dryer,I straighten my hair 0 to 1 times a month, I always condition and use morocan oil.. I just don't understand why its not growing? pleeease help!

honey on March 25, 2010:

I have really overprocessed my hair. i used a hir color remover and dyed my hair and two weeks later i used a perm, all my hair fell out and i had to cut my hair off. i cried because my hair was so long and it took forever to grow. Ithanks for the tip. I tried it once and it really makes a difference

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on January 11, 2010:

Moobug324: Don't overwash, Don't overbrush, Don't overuse heat & styling products and CONDITION! CONDITION! CONDITION!!!

moobug234 on January 09, 2010:

Hi blessedmommy! What would you say were some of the key tips to growing your mane? I really try to follow all of them, but what would you say were the most important?

shivani paul on July 11, 2009:

i want quit silky & plan hair

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on May 28, 2009:

Vida: Curly hair usually grows slower than straight hair but the positive change that you're making (no longer applying heat) will be like a drink of water in the desert for your hair. It may just reward you with some extra growth in return!

vida on May 28, 2009:

My hair is very very curly, and for the past 2 years ive been straightening it with a flat iron. over the last 2 years my hair hasn't really gown much. last week i started wearing my hair curly again, in hopes it'll help my hair grow faster! Do you think this'll help? With curly hair its hard to tell if its growing cuz it curls up so much when it dry's!

amel ahmed on February 15, 2009:

hi my name is amel i want to talk about my hair. my hair is falling down and it breaks from the top and i did not know why please i need solustion for that also i want long hair how could i have long hair.

thanks

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on January 27, 2009:

KTV: This is not a book review - it is my own article. If you are talking about the book listed above the comments, then that is an ebook and the link for it is below the picture.

ktv on January 27, 2009:

Thank you so much. I'm bookmarking this and I'm totally going to look for that book around. It should be in a normal book store, right ?

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on January 18, 2009:

Stephanie:  Hi and thanks for stopping by my hub.  Yes, as a matter of fact, the mayonnaise and egg treatment actually IS a protein treatment, just a homemade one :)  and it is 'my opinion' that many less expensive brands indeed do work as well and in some cases maybe even better than salon products.

Stephanie on January 18, 2009:

My hair is bleach blonde and i love the color and have been dying my hair that color for years. i also blow dry and staighten my hair all the time. the ends of my hair are very dry and i want my hair to be smooth and glossy. my hair stylist told me to use protein treatments but the products are expensive. i was thinking about the mayo and egg treatment. is it the equivlent of the protein treatments? would the products you listed, like the neutrogena deep conditioner work as well as the products from a salon?

thanks,

stephanie

deestew from Kentucky on December 30, 2008:

Good information. I am glad to see you mention the affects of chemicals on the hair. I use to have a girlfriend who wanted to grow her hair long and she always complained about it not growing. After further investigation I discovered she really did not treat her hair that well and it was growing it just kept breaking off. I stopped using harmful chemicals on my hair at the beginning of this year and have been blessed with more hair growth and healthier hair.

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on December 20, 2008:

Thanks, Janelle, that was very kind of you. Glad you found my article!

Janelle on December 19, 2008:

Thanks for your great tips! I have been trying to grow my hair out for years but I always got split ends and had to cut it back to the length I started from, its really a vicious cycle, but I have stopped dying my hair altogether and since then my hair has been so soft! I can't wait to use your deep conditioning recipe I have heard of doing it with just mayonaise but I never thought to use eggs as well, but thanks again, you seem to really know a lot about hair, you're just the type of person I will take advice from!

allshookup from The South, United States on August 16, 2008:

I was taking a medication a couple years back and it made my hair fall out quickly. My hair stylist was afraid I was going bald. I was scared to death. But, thankfully my Doctor knew that it was a side-effect of the med. She changed it for me and now my hair is back at it's full thickness. I am so thankful for that! I think meds do more to us that we realize. Great hub! I think I will try the mayo treatment! Thanks for the advice.

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on June 25, 2008:

Annette:  LOL  Yes, in the summer my hair is almost always up with an occasional ponytail.  I twist it up in a pretty twist then I have a small hairpiece of curls that is close to my hair color that I wrap around the twist.  The small curly hairpiece keeps me from having to curl the ends of my own hair and break them off.  The hair piece resembles a ponytail holder with brown curls attached.  My hair grows even faster when I wear it up a lot because it doesn't break as easily.

Ann Martin on June 25, 2008:

just curious, with hair that long, doesn't it get hot and sweaty in the summer? Do you typically wear it down - or do you put it up?

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on May 25, 2008:

You're welcome, Decrescendo! Thanks for commenting.

Canadian Donar: I'm so glad that you like the tips. I trust you will find them very beneficial!

Canadian Donar on May 25, 2008:

wow imso happy i found htis site it has so many goods ideas for getting healthier hair. i live up north and here is\ts hard to have nice sleek hair (especialy in our -30 deggree winters) but anyhow i can't wait to try the egg and mayonesse treatment. in July (beginning or end, not usre yet) i will be cutting me hair for children who are undergoing kemo-therapy and otherradiation treatments. i need my hair to be at its best potential.

Thanks for the great tips

Truly yours,

A Youth Canadian Donar

Decrescendo on May 13, 2008:

Thanks for the tip about this health issue. Really Appreciate it.

Carisa Gourley (author) from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on May 12, 2008:

Thanks for commenting, Lana!  The medications shouldn't be a problem as far as the conditioning and other tips.  I have taken medication for various reasons through the years and my hair is still long and healthy.  However, some underlying medical conditions can affect the health of your hair but can helped or even corrected with supplements.  There are many supplements available on the market for hair, JUST PLEASE DON'T NEGLECT to check with your doctor first to make sure that the supplements that you plan to take won't conflict with your medication.

lana40 from Texas on May 12, 2008:

This should be fun, I am 40 will this still work on someone who has to take heart meds and bi-polor meds?

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